wife Lynn and I have
been members of CCA for over
30 years. We have bred and finished
over 100 champions, including
BOV Smooth, 1990 National, numerous
Awards of Merit, Specialty BOV
and BOB with both smooths and
roughs. I have been active in
our National Specialty for over
20 years, as Assistant Host
Show Chairman twice, Host Show
Chairman twice, Facilities Chairman
three times and National Show
I have a working back ground with
a multi-million dollar corporation
that employs nearly 200 people. I
currently oversee total facilities
and maintenance operation with a staff
of 12 people. I make all work assignments,
prepare budgets, and oversee out sourced
estimates for repairs and purchases
within my department.
Our club was founded
by people, not unlike ourselves,
with a common goal of perfecting
their breeding skills, along
with being able to help mentor new
people wanting to become good
stewards of the breed. It was laid
out with a constitution and guide
lines for all to follow. Over the
years changes have come and gone;
some good, some not so good. For our
club to grow and become one of the
best parent clubs in AKC, changes
have often come along that not everyone
agreed with, however, we have always
come to an agreement that has been
better for the Collie. After all,
that is the reason we are here. This
is a great and proud club and I hope
to be a guiding force in its growth
and greatness with all of you.
If elected President,
I will work for all of the membership
and not just for special groups
or individuals. An elected official
is always speaking for the group.
It is a 24/7 job. I will work
with the BOD at all times. I
am sure we will not always agree
but that should never stop the
progress of the organization.
Our Constitution should always
be followed in full, not just the
parts that serve the given moment.
I am what you see, a straight shooter.
I am not afraid to tell you
what I think, but am also willing
to compromise and listen to
other opinions. My only allegiance
is to the club and the total membership.
My goal is to bring the club back
together as a cohesive group that
can work together.
We have a lot of issues that need
to be addressed. Some of them are
as follows and in no particular order.
There are some
wording issues in our Constitution
that need to be corrected. I will
appoint a chairman to select a committee
with the task of making those corrections
and bringing them to the membership
The CCA should own its own logo.
I intend to work toward that end by
establishing a committee that will
work towards completion of this item.
We, as a club,
need to be more proactive against
the AR groups and legislation that
is limiting our abilities to own,
house and care for our collies. This
will probably need more man power
and funds as we go along. I think
Barbara Schwartz and Vicki Louks have
done an excellent job with this,
however, I think they need more help.
I will appoint
a show rules chairman that is qualified
for the position so that we have a
working committee ready to help any
and all issues that might arise with
I would like to appoint a committee
chairman to work with the Bulletin
editor to get it back on time and
to help keep our costs in line. We
also need to explore other options.
The most contentious item of all
is the Sable Merle issue. It is not
going to simply go away. The members
have voiced their opinions and we
need to move forward. If this is has
not come to an agreeable conclusion
before administration changes, I will,
if elected, work with both sides to
reach an amicable agreement that may
once and for all put this issue to
rest. I do believe that Tom Coen and
his committee have done an admirable
job, but it is not over and must be
brought to a final conclusion. It
is the total membership that should
have the final say in what happens.
If elected I will work very hard
to bring respect back into our club.
After all we are all volunteers working
for the greater good of our club.
I bring no hidden agendas. As I said
earlier, my allegiance is to the entire
club and to work for the betterment
of our breed.
I look forward
to serving as your President.
Thank you for your support and remember
to exercise your right to vote.
It is your voice being heard. Please
feel free to contact me at anytime.
Progress is some times slower than
we would like, but the final result
is usually satisfactory.
Robert A. Myers